Three years in the past, on March 24, 2017, the psychological well being neighborhood misplaced an exquisite advocate and galvanizing particular person who created and began Mission Semicolon. The undertaking linked individuals within the psychological well being neighborhood the place the group inspired others to recollect that you’ve got the ability to proceed your story, even while you suppose it’s over, similar to in a sentence.
I used to be impressed by Amy’s undertaking, like many others have been, to get a semicolon tattoo to do not forget that it doesn’t matter what struggles life brings my means, I’ve the chance to encourage and assist others, whereas I proceed my very own life story. Amy’s legacy continues as individuals are nonetheless utilizing the semicolon image of their artwork, tattoo decisions and conversations about psychological sickness.
It was a painful and complicated time for the psychological well being neighborhood when Amy died by suicide. Amy was somebody who spoke brazenly about psychological sickness, challenged the stigma, and advocated for consciousness and alter. Her father died by suicide and Amy lived with nervousness and melancholy from the time she was eight years previous. Amy didn’t let the stigma behind psychological well being points cease her from opening up about her experiences with suicidal ideation and former suicide makes an attempt. Many individuals seemed as much as Amy as an influence of instance. She was the essence of surviving psychological sickness and introduced inspiration to many who have been struggling day by day with holding on.
When the information got here out about Amy’s dying, there was a lot confusion and nervousness amongst individuals who noticed Amy and her undertaking as a illustration of power, hope, and braveness. Some individuals who started to second guess themselves and the message they heard about their very own capabilities and power to beat suicidal ideation and different psychological well being points. By way of the confusion and emotions of despair, there have been on-line sources that stepped as much as assist normalize the sentiments across the devastating information of Amy’s dying. Psychological Well being on the Mighty created an open dialogue for individuals to share their emotions on social media and in addition achieve assist throughout this very complicated scenario. Quickly after, different social media retailers constructed a basis of reconfirming Amy’s undertaking objectives and continued to share the work she did.
On Amy’s undertaking web site, she had written:
“Regardless of the injuries of a darkish previous, I used to be in a position to rise from the ashes, proving that the very best is but to come back. When my life was full of the ache of rejection, bullying, suicide, self-injury, dependancy, abuse and even rape, I saved on combating. I didn’t have lots of people in my nook, however the ones I did have saved me going. In my 20 years of personally battling psychological well being I skilled many stigmas related to it. By way of the ache got here inspiration and a deeper love for others. God desires us to like each other regardless of the label we put on. I do pray my story conjures up others. Please keep in mind there’s hope for a greater tomorrow.”
By way of the grief and confusion, this case was a reminder of how a lot work nonetheless wanted to be performed in suicide prevention. It additionally turned a reflective time for psychological well being advocates to acknowledge that issues will be ever-changing for somebody dwelling with a psychological sickness.
Amy’s dying didn’t finish her plan to normalize psychological sickness and create secure areas to share and be open about psychological well being. Though she is gone her legacy continues. “Amy’s life was a testomony that one particular person can really make a distinction,” stated a press release from the American Basis for Suicide Prevention. Amy remains to be very a lot talked about within the psychological well being communities as somebody who overcame large obstacles, ache and was in a position to remodel that ache into serving to others. Many individuals that needed to finish their life and selected to remain due to Amy’s work and the willingness to share her story.
Amy will without end be right here in spirit. I don’t see her story as over simply because she is gone. Her story has carried on in conversations about how we will do higher within the psychological well being fields, how she continues to encourage others when individuals google her title, her undertaking or her quotes, and for everybody that makes use of the semicolon image to indicate overcoming their psychological well being boundaries. Amy will all the time be a guiding gentle for a lot of; her story will proceed.